The Northern California Bluegrass Highlights For April 2015

modesto-unplugged-15-posterApril may not bring showers to Northern California this year (sigh…) but the month will bring plenty of bluegrass music for us to enjoy!

chico-guinness-record-sign-tackle-boxHot young bands like the The Punch Brothers, Della Mae, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Quebe Sisters, Nora Jane Struthers, and Leftover Salmon are coming through town, while Chico will have a variety of live music 24/7 all month long in an effort to set a record for the longest concert.

dim-lights-zodiacs-poster-4115Early in the month, Modesto and Cloverdale will host festivals with bluegrass content. Then, the last weekend in April will bring no less than four festivals to the north state (Santa Cruz, Boulder Creek, San Francisco, and Livermore), plus the huge (and surprisingly bluegrassy) Stagecoach Festival in the southland.

California bluegrass veterans Bill Evans, Dan Crary, and Steve Spurgin are playing all around the state this month. There are many other great shows to enjoy, some of them included in this selective “highlights” listing. Grab a fellow NCBS Friend and go see some live springtime bluegrass!


Entire Month Of April — Chico bluegrass & other bands will play live music 24/7 to break the Guinness Book Record for Longest Multi-Artist Concert, The Tackle Box, Chico.

1 — The Dim Lights With David Thom, Zodiac’s, Petaluma.

Ben Sollee

Ben Sollee

1 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

1 – Scott Nygaard & Friends, Sleeping Lady, Fairfax.

2 — Steep Ravine, Second Cousins, The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz.

2 – The Calamity Cubes!, The Naked Bookleggers, Willy Tea Taylor, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

2 — Bermuda Grass, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

2 — Yonder Mountain String Band, Ben Sollee, Cargo, Reno, NV.

2 — The Punch Brothers, Gabriel Kahane, The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles.

viracocha-logo3 — Steep RavineViracocha, San Francisco.

3 — Yonder Mountain String Band, Ben Sollee, Fox Theatre, Oakland. (NCBS-welcomed)

3 — The Congress, Jim Lewin’s Edge Of The West, Zodiac’s, Petaluma.

3 & 4 — The Punch Brothers, Gabriel Kahane, The Fillmore, San Francisco.

3-4 – April Fool’s Moonshine Fest-Of-All, Sebastopol Grange, Sebastopol.

4 — True Life Troubadours, The Surf Spot, Pacifica.

The Punch Brothers

The Punch Brothers

The Alabama Bow Ties

The Alabama Bow Ties

4 — Alabama Bow Ties, Sugar By The Pound, Young & Lowe, The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz.

4 — Bad Apple String Band, Jamison’s Roaring Donkey, Petaluma.

4 – Rick Ednie’s Bluegrass Roundup, Lulu Carpenter’s, Santa Cruz.

4 – Leftover Salmon, Belly Up, Solana Beach.

leftover-salmon-logo-water-fish4 — Poor Man’s Whiskey, James Patrick Regan, City Winery, Napa.

4 – Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Auburn Event Center, Auburn.

Bean Creek

Bean Creek

5 — Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association, Hoover School, San Jose.

6 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

6 —  Leftover Salmon, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.

6 — Sweetwater String Band, Moe’s BBQ, Tahoe City.

lost-church-good-soul-logo6 — Alabama Bow Ties, Amnesia, San Francisco.

6, 7 & 8 – Charlie Parr & Betse Ellis, Peppermill Resort & Casino, Reno, NV.

7 — Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis

7, 8 & 9 — Leftover Salmon, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.

8 — Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Bill Evans, Dan Crary, & Steve Spurgin

Bill Evans, Dan Crary, & Steve Spurgin

8 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

9 – Charlie Parr & Betse Ellis, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

9 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

The Hideout Saloon

The Hideout Saloon

10 — Hilltown, Pajaro Bar and Grill, Salinas.

10 — Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands, The Scofflaw Two, The Lost Church, San Francisco.

10 – Dan Crary Bill Evans & Steve Spurgin, Oaksongs, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Redding.

Susie Glaze

Susie Glaze

10 — Sons Of Jefferson, The Mountain Men, Hideout Saloon, Mariposa.

10 — Suzy Bogguss, Piper’s Opera House, Virginia City, NV.

10 & 11 — Leftover Salmon, Crystal Bay Club, Crystal Bay, NV.

10-12 – Modesto Unplugged Music Festival, various venues, Modesto.

11 — Bearcat Stringband, Cato’s Alehouse, Oakland.

11 — Dan Crary Bill Evans & Steve Spurgin, Redwood Bluegrass Associates, First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto. (NCBS-welcomed)

11 – Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival, Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale.

11 – Vintage Grass, First Street Cafe, Benicia.

11 — Susie Glaze & The HiLonesome Band, House Concert, Davis.

11 – Blithdale Canyon, Murphy’s Iriah Pub, Sonoma.

11 — The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers, Rootstock, Winters.

12 — Cliff Compton & Mountain Top, Faith Presbyterian Church, Sacramento.

12 – Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Sound Of Sirens, Thee Parkside, San Francisco.

12 – Alan Munde & Bill Evans, (House Concert) bill (at) billevansbanjo (dot) com, Richmond.

12 – Suzy Bogguss, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

station-house-cafe-front-wall-sign-day12 – The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

twin-oaks-tavern-since-1924-logo12 — Paul Knight & Friends (The Walker Creek Music Camp Showcase), Station House Cafe, Pt. Reyes Station.

12 — Evo Bluestein, House Concert (831) 649-5605, Monterey.

13 — Steep Ravine, Amnesia, San Francisco.

13 — Bangers & Grass With Blaine Sprouse, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.

13-19 – CBA Spring Campout, Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock.

Jam time at the CBA Spring Campout.

Jam time at the CBA Spring Campout.

14 – Charlie Greene & Band, Old Salt Union, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

albatross-pub-sign14 — Abbott Family, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

15 — The Whiskey Brothers, Albatross Pub, Berkeley.

15 — David Thom Band, Twin Oaks Tavern, Penngrove.

15 – Garrison Keillor, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz.

16 – The Mosey Boys, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

16 — Arlo Guthrie, Mondavi Center, Davis. (Plus Rita Hosking — free courtyard concert before main show)

Blue & Lonesome

Blue & Lonesome

16 – Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

16-19 – Old Settler’s Music Festival, Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion & Camp Ben McCulloch, Driftwood, TX.

17 — The Beauty Operators, Nobody From Nashville, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

17 – Poor Man’s Whiskey, The Coffis Brothers, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

17 — Shepherd Canyon Band, USS Potomac, Oakland.

17 — Arlo Guthrie, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.

17 — Jim Hurst, 5th String Music Store, Sacramento.

17 — Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon, Cypress Meadows Conference Center, Moss Beach.

17 – Erica Sunshine Lee, We Became Owls, The Ardent Sons, The Vivants Duo With Pam Brandon, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

san-gregorio-general-store-full-front17 — The Muddy Roses, Windshield Cowboys, Mean Louise, Highway Hymns, Cattitude, The Memoirs, 50 Mason Social House, San Francisco.

17-19 – North County Bluegrass & Folk Club Spring Campout, KOA Campground, Chula Vista.

18 — Jim Hurst, Sebastopol Community Center, Sebastopol.

18 — The Robinson Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

18 — Amber Cross, Gurf Morlix, Vines On The Marycrest Winery, Paso Robles.

Jim Hurst

Jim Hurst

18 — Poor Man’s Whiskey, Soho Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara.

David Grier

David Grier

18 — Canyon Johnson, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

19 – David Grier, House Concert, Morgan Hill.

19 — San Bruno Mountain Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

20 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.

21 — The Quebe Sisters, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Chico.

21 — Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

The Quebe Sisters

The Quebe Sisters

22 — Trail Rides Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

22 — Rushad Eggleston, TAARKA, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

22 – The Quebe Sisters, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

22 — High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.

22 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles.

23 – Maverick: A Bluegrass Duo, Coast Cafe, Bolinas.

23 – The Quebe Sisters, The Salty Suites, Plaza Playhouse, Carpinteria.

23 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco.

Mark O'Connor & Maggie Dixon

Mark O'Connor & Maggie Dixon

Nora Jane Struthers

Nora Jane Struthers

23-26 – Merfefest, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC.

24 – Mark O’Connor & Maggie Dixon, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

24 — The Dim Lights, Moose Lodge, Pacifica.

24 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople With Annie Staninec, Roosevelt Dime, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael. (TV Show Taping)

24 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Harlow’s, Sacramento.

24-25 – Seabright Stringfest, various venues, Santa Cruz.

stagecoach-horse-palm-trees-logo24-26 – DIO Fest, Camp Krem, Boulder Creek.

24-26 – Two Day Town, Del Valle Regional Park, Ohlone Wilderness, Livermore.

24-26 — Stagecoach Festival, Empire Polo Club, Indio.

dio-festival-poster-1525 – Full Moon Rooster, Vino Tabi Winery, Santa Cruz.

25 – Howell Mountain Boys, Earth Night At Connolly Ranch, Napa.

25 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Vintage Wine Bar, Redding.

25 — Concert With Conversation: Rita Hosking & Sean Feder, Tallman Hotel, Upper Lake.

mandolin-festival-sf-bridge-logo25 – Dan Crary Bill Evans & Steve Spurgin, The Palms, Winters.

25 — Spring House, Woodshed Music & Arts, St. James Church, San Jose.

26 – Maverick: A Bluegrass Duo, Winter’s Tavern, Pacifica.

26 – San Francisco Festival Of The Mandolins, Croatian American Cultural Center, San Francisco.

26 — Nell Robinson, Jim Nunally, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma.

26 — Evil Diane, The Sand Bar, Half Moon Bay.

hopmonk-tavern-sonoma-sign-postfreight-sign26 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Humboldt Brews, Arcata.

27 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

27 — The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

28 — Chatham County Line, Slim’s, San Francisco.

28 — Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

29 — Della Mae, The Chapel, San Francisco.

29 — Chatham County Line, The Palms, Winters.

29 — Matt & George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

29 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

29 — Jimbo Trout & Steve Bass, The Tee Off Bar and Grill, San Francisco.

30 —  Dan Crary Bill Evans & Steve Spurgin, Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, Goleta.

sleeping-lady-logo30 — Della Mae, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

30 — Scott Nygaard & Friends, Sleeping Lady, Fairfax.

30 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.


Crary Evans & Spurgin To Perform In NCBS-Welcomed Palo Alto Concert On April 11

bglogoDan Crary, Bill Evans & Steve Spurgin will perform in an NCBS-welcomed Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert on Saturday, April 11, 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto.

An open bluegrass jam will begin at 5:00pm. Concert doors will open at 7:00pm.

The church is located at 1140 Cowper St, Palo Alto.

The 2014-15 RBA series will close with a May 2 Della Mae concert in Mountain View.

Volunteer Form For 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Is Here

bglogoHere is the Official Volunteer Form for the August 6-9, 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Tres Pinos.

Get in free! Work with your friends! Meet new bluegrass folks! Enjoy the festival!

Send in the form today to land the volunteer position you want.

GOF Festival Flier


Make The Most Of Your 2015 Good Old Fashioned Festival By Camping And Jamming With Your Friends

Time to get ready for camping at the GOF!

Time to get ready for camping at the GOF!

Make the most of your 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival by camping and jamming with your friends.

The 22nd annual festival will be held August 6-9 at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

There will be plenty of space for both RV and tent camping. Camping is FREE with all multi-day tickets.

There is a separate charge for RVs hooked up to electricity, which is limited. Advance registration for RV camping with electricity is recommended.

NCBS Welcomes The Yonder Mountain String Band To Oakland April 3

another-planet-entertainment-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes the Yonder Mountain String Band to Oakland on April 3, 2015.

The Friday evening show will be at the Fox Theatre and is presented by Another Planet Entertainment.

The Yonder Mountain String Band

The Yonder Mountain String Band

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund Gives Tuition Assistance To Two Spring Students

Buckeye Tree Jam at Walker Creek Music Camp

Buckeye Tree Jam at Walker Creek Music Camp

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

The NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund has awarded tuition assistance to enable two students to attend the April 9-12, 2015 camp near Petaluma. One is a local college student (and bluegrass DJ) who will study guitar, and the other is a 12-year-old who will study banjo and fiddle at the camp.

Thanks to the generous donors and to the NCBS committee that manages this project. The fund will soon begin collecting donations to help deserving students who want to attend the Fall 2015 camp, set for October 8-11.

Thanks for your support of music education in our area!

It’s Springtime! Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Is Saturday, May 2, 2015

may-2nd-2015-flyerIt’s springtime! And…the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair is coming on Saturday, May 2, Noon-6:00pm at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park.

FREE, fun, and friendly. Bring your friends!

The NCBS/SCBS Is A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization And Can Be Included In Your 2015 Tax Planning

ncbs-plain-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society is a 501(c)(3) California non-profit corporation and can be included in your 2015 tax planning. Donations can be sent to:

Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society
PO Box 390846
Mountain View, CA 94039-0846

Donors should consult their tax advisors. The Federal Tax ID No. is 94-2907716.

Thanks for your support!